The Parc du Marquenterre is located deep within the Baie de Somme nature reserve. It stretches over more than 250 hectares, offering shelter to over 300 species of migratory birds, which stop for several days during their journey. This exceptional site is designed to welcome visitors while protecting the birds' safety and habits. It offers a peaceful way to watch them and learn about the way they live during your stay on the Opal Coast.
The sanctuary has three walking paths dotted with observation posts, so you can go at your own pace as you admire the site's bird population. Spring is nesting season, and the time of year when the sanctuary hosts the most species, but it is open year-round and there are always intriguing species to watch, including gulls, cormorants, and greylag geese.
It also runs a range of activities to introduce visitors to nature in new ways. These original activities, which take full advantage of the sanctuary’s unique setting, include guided birdsong walks, early morning tours before it officially opens, and open-air classes on drawing animals in their natural setting. Sessions are available for all ages.
The spring tides also offer a stunning show, starring the sea. During these tides, which occur just a few times each year, visitors flock to admire the wild, unspoiled beauty of the Baie de Somme and the Parc du Marquenterre.
The Pol Hotel is less than a 50 minute drive from the Parc du Marquenterre, so you can take a day trip to the bird sanctuary before heading back to town for a cosy evening talking over the day's discoveries on the sofa.
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